KUANTAN: Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang has had his statement recorded by the police over his participation in the “Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas” (SMSL) rally last Sunday (Aug 18).
Sim said he was asked his reason for attending the rally, which was held to protest against the government's decision to extend Lynas' licence by another six months.
“As a Pakatan Harapan assemblyman, I went to the rally because I'm concerned for the Kuantan people's health.
"I was also disappointed with the Cabinet's U-turn in handling this issue.
“I showed my support for the protesters as the government has failed to fulfil Promise 39 of the Pakatan manifesto, ” he said after having his statement recorded by the police at his office here on Thursday (Aug 22).
Previously, Kuantan district police chief Asst Comm Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said an investigation would be opened on the rally organisers for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
He said although the organisers had informed the police in advance, they did not receive consent from the manager of the venue, which was the Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK), to hold the rally in Taman Gelora.
Sim said MPK should have issued an official letter informing the organisers of its decision not to issue a permit.
Also questioned was SMSL legal adviser Hon Kai Ping, who said he was surprised that a permit was not granted.
“I assumed there was a permit. Furthermore, Taman Gelora is a public area and there are many visitors, especially on a Sunday.
“I am astonished a police report was lodged over this, ” he said.
Hon said he also told police he gave a speech at the rally as he was invited to do so by SMSL.
SMSL chairman Tan Bun Teet previously said that an application was submitted to MPK two weeks before the rally but there was no response.